Molecular dynamics simulations of cinchonidine-modified platinum in ethanol: comparisons with surface studies Academic Article uri icon


  • The interaction of the chiral modifier cinchonidine with Pt(111) both in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) and in ethanol solvent has been studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. In UHV at low coverage (0.0125 molecules/Pt atom) and 298.15 K the cinchonidine was found to adsorb with the quinoline ring oriented largely parallel (=6) to the surface. Cinchonidine surface attachment was found to be through both bonding of the aromatic group and adsorption of the CC double bond of the vinyl group. The dihedral angles T 1 and T2 are reduced about 30 and 20, respectively, with respect to those corresponding to the vacuum free molecule, revealing the strong molecule-surface interaction. A previous UHV experimental study in the literature performed at similar coverage (0.03 molecules/Pt atom) of the related aromatic molecule quinoline shows an aromatic tilt of 15, which is in reasonable agreement with the present MD simulations. The interactions between ethanol solutions of cinchonidine (0.129 and 1.035 M) and the platinum surface were also simulated at 298.15 K. The cinchonidine coverage was found to be 0.0125 molecules/Pt atom for a 0.129 M solution and approximately 0.0375 molecules/Pt for 1.035 M. The results indicate that either the entire quinoline group or at least part of the quinoline group is attached to the platinum surface (via the system) in all cases. For the less concentrated solution (0.129 M) we found two different equilibrium conformations, one in which only part of the quinoline is attached to the surface, and a slightly more stable conformation that involves the quinoline group being adsorbed parallel to the platinum surface. We found that cinchonidine conformation at the surface was not only affected by the ethanol solvent, but also by the cinchonidine-cinchonidine steric interactions and their competition for surface sites. These MD simulations are compared with recent in situ Raman and infrared studies of this important adsorption system, and show overall good agreement. 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Surface Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Calvo, S. R., LeBlanc, R. J., Williams, C. T., & Balbuena, P. B.

complete list of authors

  • Calvo, Sergio R||LeBlanc, Rene J||Williams, Christopher T||Balbuena, Perla B

publication date

  • January 1, 2004 11:11 AM